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Motives and Barriers to Physical Activity Among Older Adults of Different Socio-Economic Status.

Gray, Philip, Murphy, Marie, Gallagher, Alison and Simpson, EEA (2016) Motives and Barriers to Physical Activity Among Older Adults of Different Socio-Economic Status. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 24 (3). pp. 419-429. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This study explored motives and barriers to physical activity (PA) among older adults of differing socio-economic status (SES) utilising a Self Determination Theory (SDT) and Self-Efficacy Theory framework. Focus groups (n = 4) were conducted with older adults (n = 28) from two SES groups, using thematic analysis to identify motives and barriers. Integrated and identified regulations, and to a lesser extent intrinsic motives were evident across SES groups. Verbal persuasion and affective and physiological states emerged as prominent efficacy sources regardless of SES. More barriers were reported by the low SES group, with health conditions, neighbourhood safety, and PA guidelines knowledge emerging as most salient. Time emerged as a prominent barrier for the high SES group. Integrated and identified regulations should be fostered in future interventions and policy regardless of SES. Barriers to PA varied across SES groups, thus future interventions and policy should account for such differences.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:physical activity, older adults, socio-economic status (SES), Self Determination Theory (SDT), Self-Efficacy Theory framework
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
ID Code:32919
Deposited By: Professor Alison Gallagher
Deposited On:04 Jan 2016 11:35
Last Modified:19 Jun 2017 15:12

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